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    90 Points2012 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 1, 2015

    “Firm in texture, with nubby tannins around a glowing core of blackberry and mint flavors, lingering with refinement against fine tannins.”


    92 Points2011 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanDecember 15, 2014

    "Lithe and expressive, with red berry and floral overtones to the dark, spicy core, remaining deft through the long finish, with mint and lime hints. The tannins are nicely buffed." - H.S.


    89 Points2009 VintageSnooth.comGregory Dal PiazMarch 6, 2014

    Tight and focused on the nose with gentle wood tones and spice accents. Nice fruit, bright flavors and good ripeness emerges on the palate but this remains restrained and slightly understated in the mouth with lovely plum and spice flavors. The oak is a bit prominent and the tannins stick out a touch but this is showing good length and freshness on the finish with fruit that has a fairly perfumy edge.


    90 Points2010 VintageSnooth.comGregory Dal PiazMarch 6, 2014

    Tighten and fairly oaky with plenty of spice and black fruit, black plums on the nose. Smooth and seductive on entry with supple ripe tannins and gorgeous fruit on the palate. While not very powerful, this is deep with flavors of wild plum, tart black raspberry and cocoa. Gaining some richness and chocolaty detail on the long finish, there's also a little ivy detailing the nose that emerges on the finish as well. A bit small scaled and lacking some intensity, this makes up for it with its fine balance and harmony in the mouth.


    Gold Medal2008 VintageSan Francisco Chronicle Wine CompetitionJanuary 6, 2012

    Apex winemaker Peter Devison is smiling after winning GOLD for his rigorously tasted (and loved) creation: Apex Ascent 2008 Merlot. Other medals Apex earned include:

    • Apex Cellars - 2009 Chardonnay - Silver
    • Apex Cellars-2008 Merlot - Bronze
    • Apex Ascent - 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon - Silver
    • Apex Ascent --2009 Red Blend - Bronze
    The 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has set a new American wine competition record with an astounding 5,500 entries, surpassing its previous record of 5,050 last year. For nine consecutive years, this prestigious competition holds strong as the "Largest Competition of American Wines in the World." "This new record serves as an affirmation that every year wine consumers look toward the SFCWC award medal winning wines as a barometer when purchasing their wines," said Bob Fraser, SFCWC Executive Director. "We are thrilled that wineries all over the United States understand and respect the outstanding caliber of our 65 judges from throughout the wine industry and the country." Results were announced online at www.sfgate.com and www.winejudging.com on Friday afternoon, January 6, 2012. A public tasting of these award winning wines will be at the Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center in San Francisco from 2-5 pm on February 18, 2012. See all the winners at www.winejudging.com

    90 Points2008 VintageWine EnthusiastPaul GreguttNovember 1, 2011
    90 Points2010 VintageWine AdvocateJeb DunnuckNovember 30, -0001

    tasting notes

    Rich, ruby colored Merlot, the 2010 is full-bodied and bright, showing off its focused fruit backed by warm and toasty oak influenced aromas of grilled bread and toasted herbs. Dark cherry, blackberry and wet stone are met by toasted grain, licorice spice and vanilla cream. Big and generous with balanced acidity and silky, integrated tannins this wine is a knockout and should age well for 5-8 years.

    winemaking notes

    • Vintage: 2012
    • Varietal Blend: 100% Merlot
    • pH: 3.67
    • TA: 5.34 g/L
    • Alcohol: 14.4%
    • ML: 100%
    • RS: Dry
    • Yeast: Premier Cuvee
    • Aged: 18 months 
    • Vineyards: Elephant Mountain, Dionysus, Red Haven, Alder Ridge, Seven Hills
    • Oak: 100% French Oak (35% New)
    • Cases Produced: 900 cases